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Social Technology In Manufacturing & Supply Chain

August 28, 2012 8:06 am | by Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source | Blogs | Comments

In today’s world, the term social is used to describe the simplest task or component and often is more a marketing term than anything else. For all the social interactions written about social and sharing, they have mostly referred to a B2C business model. The social aspect works well for this scenario. What has been forgotten and overlooked is the lack of communication and social aspect as it pertains to the B2B model.

Spyker: China's Youngman Invests $12.5M

August 27, 2012 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spyker NV, the company that bought Saab but couldn't save it from bankruptcy, says Chinese car manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group Co, Ltd. will invest €10 million ($12.5 million) in Spyker to make a new car. Spyker said Monday Youngman will pay €6.7 million for a 29 percent stake in Spyker, and loan it another €3.3 million.

Manufacturing Is Getting A ‘Kickstart’

August 27, 2012 8:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Maybe you’ve heard of Kickstarter before. It’s a relatively simple service in theory: It helps inventors, artists or designers (and other professionals) get funding to transform their designs into real products when they don’t have the up-front cash. The web service has definitively taken off in the last year or two, with many projects gobbling up millions of dollars in “investment.”


China Raises Rare Earths Export Quota For 2012

August 22, 2012 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China on Wednesday slightly increased this year's quota for rare earths exports under controversial controls on the exotic minerals needed by manufacturers of mobile phones and other high-tech products. The Commerce Ministry announced an export quota of 9,770 tons for the second half of the year.

Using Supplier Score Cards To Improve Profitability

August 22, 2012 8:06 am | by Shawn Dennison, CPA, CMA, Vice President of Finance, Cerro Wire | Articles | Comments

I have learned that each customer makes their purchasing decisions differently. Some companies delegate purchasing decisions to the local branch, while others centralize their purchasing. Whether the decision was made locally or from a central office, each buyer still had its own way of evaluating the purchase decision. Some buyers valued the lowest price, some valued relationship, and so on.

Imagining The Future Of Lean & Six Sigma, Part 2

August 21, 2012 8:40 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Now let’s discuss Six Sigma. Six Sigma, too, attacks a very real demon. That bad guy is named “variation.” It is a real and true deficit to our businesses to expend resources, time and energy desperately trying to control outcomes that are continuously changing and unpredictable. The aim of Six Sigma is to control processes well enough that their outcome is always stable and always predictable.

McCormick To Buy Bouillon Maker For $141M

August 20, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spice and flavoring maker McCormick & Co. said Monday that it reached a deal to buy China's Wuhan Asia-Pacific Condiments Co. for about $141 million. The deal, which must be approved by regulators, is expected to close in mid-2013.

Parker Hannifin Selling Auto Air Conditioning Unit

August 13, 2012 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin is selling its automotive air conditioning business to Germany's ContiTech AG.


Seeing The Forest And The Trees

August 8, 2012 11:53 am | by Jack Levis, Director of Process Management, UPS | Articles | Comments

Using predictive and prescriptive business analytics to improve supply chain operations.

China Tightens Controls On Rare Earths Production

August 8, 2012 10:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government has further tightened curbs on production of rare earths used in mobile phones and other high-tech products in a move that might inflame trade tensions with Washington and Europe.

Spyker Says It Has Served GM With $3B Lawsuit

August 8, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spyker, the tiny Dutch luxury car maker that failed to revive Swedish automobile group Saab, says it has served Saab's former owner, General Motors Co., with the $3 billion lawsuit it lodged earlier this week.

Q & A with Mark Bashrum, ESI International

August 7, 2012 5:22 pm | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

If a business could make three dollars for every one it spent on training, wouldn’t it want to know how?

Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 1

August 7, 2012 8:39 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting | Blogs | Comments

Police and fire officers are not the first responders; they are the official responders. You and your employees are the first responders.


Spyker To Sue GM Over Failed Saab Takeover

August 6, 2012 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spyker Cars NV, the tiny Dutch company that bought Swedish carmaker Saab from General Motors Co., says it is now suing GM for $3 billion in damages.

Partnership Shifts Manufacturing Back To U.S.

August 3, 2012 4:50 pm | Articles | Comments

ZeeVee, Inc., a developer of high definition video distribution products, recently moved its overseas contract manufacturing operations to Massachusetts from China, where it had been manufacturing since introducing its first-generation products about five years ago.

Ford Suing Dana Over Part Involved In Recalls

August 1, 2012 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is suing auto supplier Dana Corp. for allegedly providing faulty vehicle frames.

U.S. Imposes Duties On Samsung, LG Washers

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department has granted a request from Whirlpool Inc. to impose tariffs on washing machines imported from South Korea and Mexico.

NE Governor Says Chinese Trade Trip Starts Well

July 30, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Heineman and officials from two Nebraska companies said Monday that several agreements between Chinese companies and Nebraska ones have already been signed.

Google: Made In The USA?

July 27, 2012 10:49 am | by Joel Hans, Editor, | Blogs | Comments

I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.

Oklahoma Seeks Natural Gas Vehicles

July 25, 2012 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma and 20 other states are asking U.S. auto manufacturers to produce compressed natural gas vehicles for state vehicle fleets.

What Happened To Transflective Displays?

July 25, 2012 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News | Blogs | Comments

Like advanced technology vehicles and solid-state lighting, transflective displays entail a higher upfront cost for long-term savings.

Toyota Industries To Build Car Parts Test Course

July 24, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Industries Corp. will set up its own test course to speed up the development of key hybrid and electric car components including motors and AC-DC converters.

UTC To Sell Rocketdyne Unit For $550M

July 23, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies is selling its engine division unit to aerospace manufacturer GenCorp Inc. for $550M as the conglomerate raises money for its largest acquisition and solidifies its core aerospace business.

Manufacturing Problem Caused Ford Escape Recall

July 23, 2012 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A manufacturing problem at a company that makes fuel lines forced Ford to recall thousands of its brand-new Escape small SUVs and tell owners to stop driving them right away.

GE Aviation Signs $180M Boeing Contract

July 16, 2012 1:46 pm | News | Comments

GE Aviation announced that they signed an agreement with The Boeing Company potentially worth up to $180 million to provide the mission control system for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A tanker.

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